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Thursday, May 1, 2008

It's Spring and the Birds Are Twittering

The birds are twittering in the morning and it is such a lovely sound after the long winter when all we heard was the lonely whistle or deafening roar of the north wind. Not only are the birds twittering, but so am I. I just didn't really get what Twitter was all about so I decided it might help if I tried it myself. I signed up and invited some folks to join me. Two of them did, and I found another 23 things participant who was twittering as well. It's a challenge to say what you're doing now in 140 characters or less, so it has some of the challenge of a puzzle. ( I love puzzles.) I added my Twitter updates to my blog using their widget which was pretty plain. In the course of reading my RSS feeds I stumbled upon another widget which added a cute little bluebird to the Twitter updates.

Twitter is kind of a good way to touch base with those you don't see often. It gives you a reassurance that all is well in the world with them even though they are far away. And it's also a good quick way to keep in touch with those who have the same interests as you do and get to know them too. It's a habit to be cultivated as far as I am concerned.

I really couldn't see any use for Twitter in a library setting, until I stumbled across a blog post mentioning the use of Twitter in the Luria Library. So I clicked on the link there, looked at the tweets from Luria Library and it just clicked. It all made sense--an easy, quick, short way to keep their users informed of library alerts and events. I was so excited I just had to share it with someone else and another Twitter library person would probably the only one who might be as excited as I was with the revelation. So I sent a direct message to the writer of CKG's Blog, who in turn shared it with the writer of 23 Things by Chris. Quicker than you can say "Hibbing Public Library" they were using Twitter to announce events and alerts to keep their patrons informed.

If you'd like to see their tweets, you can look here.

It's also been added to their blog; check the right hand column for Twitter Updates.

Now I get it! Tweet tweet!

5 comments:

Kenley Neufeld said...

Yeah, thanks for the Luria Library plug. It has been great to explore this technology and see if it stuck. Twitter has certainly gained some momentum over the last couple months. I added your library to our twitter feed and hope to enjoy your updates.

NMB said...

I really love your twitter widget (I love it's simple-ness)!! Would you be willing to share where you got it? Thanks in advance & Happy Sat. nmb

NMB said...

I really love your twitter widget (I love it's simple-ness)!! Would you be willing to share where you got it? Thanks in advance & Happy Sat. nmb

NMB said...

I've been looking for a twitter widget that is VERY simple... And, I love yours. Would you mind sharing with me where you got it? Thank u so much in advance!! And, Happy Sat. nmb

Linda said...

http://www.bloggerbuster.com/2008/04/add-customized-twitter-widget-to-your.html
is where I got the widget.